Québec Roads - Montréal


Sure hope you aren't color-blind. Or, I guess, shape-blind too.

Aww, how cute! This mini-signal is the only one I've seen outside of France, where they're useful in telling the lead car when to go. Ever tried looking straight up into the sun at a signal? The traffic light integrated into the pole is another unique one in Montréal.

Green and red are for traffic signals. Little green men have invaded the pedestrian signal box on Rue Gilberte-Dubé WB at Rue Wellington in Verdun (part of Montréal).

Jughandles are very poorly known outside NJ. To complicate matters, jughandles along major streets such as A-19 (see link at bottom to find out why that's not a freeway) use the local street grid to avoid clearing businesses, so QC has eased the pain as much as possible by providing this nice diagrammatic. Ground-level signs along the two side roads involved to connect to Jean-Talon Est are very helpful.

Old underpass in the heart of Montréal, taken facing west while traveling EB on Avenue Papineau well south of where it becomes A-19. Had A-19 been built as a freeway in Montréal, it could have been extended southeast to Pont Jacques-Cartier. In theory, this could have been part of it.

Another old but blurrier overpass, Ave. de Lorimier NB under a railroad.

Yes, that is indeed a direction. So is that way, and that way...

Lit-up No Left Turn and a Dorval flashing stop. Dorval is on the Île de Montréal but not part of the city. It stakes a claim to a large portion of Pierre Trudeau International Airport, which not coincidentally was formerly known as... Dorval.

Rue de Salaberry NE under a railway near its end at the Rivière des Prairies.

At that exact location, Avenue de Bois-de-Boulogne intersects Rue de Salaberry. Because of the railway underpass, the next block north right up against the railway can't go through, and that happens to be Rue de Saint-Réal, so it comes in right next to the intersection and even gets its own signal phase. The street signs are obviously much older than all the hardware erected around them.

Blvd. Gouin EB from the end of Rue de Salaberry with plenty of old street signs. Notice the "ST" taped on at Rue Tolhurst and Rue Waverly. It doesn't make sense to try to tape something in English onto the sign, so I'm guessing the tape was supposed to white it out as Québec became more and more fanatical about preserving its version of the French language, but everything good shines through with age.

Rue Tolhurst St. (hey, it's no worse than bilingual signs on Pont Champlain) NB where it ends at Blvd. Gouin.

More street signs than you can shake a stick at, and mostly old ones, Blvd. de l'Acadie WB. The only street here is Ave. Marcelin Wilson, which is why the right arrow has been taped over (and so far holding up better than along Blvd. Gouin); the other streets are all a block or two away.

Heading east to Centre-Ville (downtown). The first photo shows the oldest style (right) next to what's still an older style (left). The next two photos are from the same assembly, showing two signs of the same age but one separated into Est/Ouest. You'll see similar in the remaining photos.

Old signs in Westmount, a very English-speaking area (as if the street names didn't tip you off) that, like Dorval, has not joined the City of Montréal but remains on the island. (I guess the other choice is to leave.)

May 28, 2011 Montréal Road Meet

A-20 and Pont Champlain
QC 112 and Pont Victoria
QC 117
QC 134 and Pont Jacques-Cartier
QC 138 and Pont Honoré-Mercier
QC 335
Boulevard Newman
Montréal Non-Roads
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